Affirm a New Habit
To change habitual patterns, direct your energy toward a new focus. Deny the old pattern by affirming a new one.
~Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian
A steady daily meditation practice gives us the ability to reach a single point of focus and to control the thought patterns in our minds. We also learn how to be an attentive witness to the conversations taking place in our minds. When we spot the rising of a pattern that is not useful, we can alter the focus and replace that pattern with more useful thoughts and affirmations. This is the definition of that freedom which meditation grants us.